Substance Abuse Screener – Corrections

Working at TASC: At TASC, we serve people who have cases in courts, corrections, and family service systems across Illinois — and we help people move beyond their involvement in these systems, rebuild their lives, and connect to positive supports in the community. When you work with TASC, you’re part of a team committed to reducing people’s involvement with the justice system, increasing health and recovery, and advancing racial and social justice. We also strive to reform systems through public policy work in Illinois and nationally, and through our consulting services across the globe.

In our statewide Corrections and Community Reentry Services, we provide specialized case management services to help people prepare to return to their families and communities after they’ve been incarcerated. We work both inside prisons and in communities to conduct screening and assessments for substance use disorders, place clients into treatment programs, and provide support with such activities as insurance enrollment, obtaining a state ID, and finding employment resources.

We are currently looking for full-time Screener:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Comply with confidentiality regulations and seek appropriate consent from the client
  • Using established clinical tools, IDOC and TASC protocols, Screener utilizes a screening tool to determine offenders need for substance abuse treatment upon admit into Illinois Department of Corrections
  • Facilitate explanation and signing of required consents, program agreements and related documents for transfer to substance abuse treatment within IDOC
  • Screener prepares and facilitates weekly Treatment Readiness Groups using the Texas Christian University curriculum, with offenders on the waiting list for substance abuse treatment
  • Screener will supervise Inner Circle, a peer led recovery support group made up of clients involved in the substance abuse treatment program at the IDOC facility.
  • Educate criminal justice personnel regarding TASC’s mission, philosophy and services; the treatment system and addiction
  • Report monthly on number of eligible clients and transfers to appropriate authority and administrative personnel
  • Report any critical client care issues or treatment system issues to appropriate supervisory personnel

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in human services, social work, psychology or other related fields and one to three years experience in human service activities; or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the following knowledge, abilities and skills.
  • Knowledge of human behavior for the assessment and signs and symptoms of substance abuse disorders. Specific knowledge necessary for working with special populations.
  • Knowledge of the Code of Ethics for substance abuse professionals
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system
  • Knowledge of computers, including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and the Internet
  • Ability to work with a diverse population
  • Must be available to attend meetings and meet the needs of the program and/or clients throughout the city, counties or wherever needed (a valid driver’s license, current auto insurance and reliable automotive transportation are required).

If you are interested in this position, please visit the TASC website at www.tasc.org and apply online.

TASC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free workplace. The agency does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran or military status or any other protected status in accordance with federal and state law.

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